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Diamond-studded flat in Chennai for Rs 8 cr

Jan 2010

CHENNAI: A city-based builder is all set to promote Chennai’s costliest apartment project, where each flat will be priced at Rs 8 crore and have a foyer studded with diamonds, precious stones and pearls.

Christened The Art, the project derives its theme from the cubist paintings of the legendary Pablo Picasso. A limited-edition super luxury residential complex, it is being promoted by Vijay Shanthi Builders on Kothari Road in the heart of Nungambakkam.

The previous record for the most expensive residential apartment in the city was one promoted by Kgeyes developers in the posh Poes Garden at Rs 7.46 crore per unit in 2007. PepsiCo CEO Indira Nooyi had bought one of the four flats in the project, which is located in the area where AIADMK leader Jayalalitha and actor Rajnikanth have their residences.

The latest project has an opulent style, which is unusual even by the standards of high-end apartments. The marble floor of the foyer in every flat will be engraved with a peacock, studded with precious stones.

Suresh Kumar, MD of the Vijay Shanthi group, told TOI: ‘‘Our aim is to create homes that are unique, luxurious and provide value for money. It is meant only for those who want to make a statement of luxury in impeccable style.’’ Mumbai-based BNK Associates is the architect of the complex, which has only 21 apartments in three blocks, with each flat measuring roughly 5,300 sq ft.

The builder had bought the 22-ground (each ground is 2,400 sq ft) plot at the peak of the real estate boom two years ago for Rs 71.5 crore.

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